The Dynamics of Moonlighting in Russia: What is Happening in the Russian Informal Economy?

45 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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Alessandra Guariglia

Durham University - Durham Business School

Byung-Yeon Kim

Sogang University - Department of Economics

Abstract

This paper uses the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS) to analyse the dynamics of moonlighting by the working-age population. We find that moonlighting is transitory and that a desire to switch jobs expressed in the past is positively related to moonlighting in the present and to actual job changes in the future. We also find that workers who moonlighted as self-employed in the past represent 26.5 percent of the new self-employed. These results suggest that moonlighting in Russia can be seen as an effective incubator for setting up new self-employed businesses, thereby providing long-term benefits for the economy.

Suggested Citation

Guariglia, Alessandra and Kim, Byung-Yeon, The Dynamics of Moonlighting in Russia: What is Happening in the Russian Informal Economy?. Economics of Transition, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 1-45, January 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=878803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0351.2006.00233.x

Alessandra Guariglia (Contact Author)

Durham University - Durham Business School ( email )

Durham Business School
Mill Hill Lane
Durham, DH1 3LB
United Kingdom

Byung-Yeon Kim

Sogang University - Department of Economics ( email )

C.P.O. Box 1142
Seoul 100­611
Korea

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